Management

Salem-Keizer launches cyclist safety campaign, cuts idling by 60%

Nicole Schlosser
Posted on October 1, 2014
This bicycle-bus safety awareness poster and others like it can be ordered from Salem-Keizer Public Schools' auxiliary services department. Go to auxiliary.salkeiz.k12.or.us/repro.html.

This bicycle-bus safety awareness poster and others like it can be ordered from Salem-Keizer Public Schools' auxiliary services department. Go to auxiliary.salkeiz.k12.or.us/repro.html.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools realized a number of accomplishments over the past year.

Michael Shields, the Salem, Oregon, district’s director of transportation and auxiliary services, turned an unfortunate experience into a positive outcome after a bicyclist complained about one of the district’s buses and a near miss. Shields’ team invited the cyclist to participate in educating the district’s drivers through a campaign, and his team created a bicycle-bus safety awareness poster in collaboration with Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Bike Racing Association. (The poster, and others like it, can be ordered from Salem-Keizer Public Schools' auxiliary services department. Go to http://auxiliary.salkeiz.k12.or.us/repro.html)

Meanwhile, the fleet, safety and facilities team reduced excessive idling by 60%, and the transportation team reduced accidents by 59%, added a fourth camera to all buses to improve student safety, and collaborated with technology and purchasing teams to buy and implement new routing software and a subscription for GPS service on district buses and 299 selected vehicles.

Additionally, the administration and operations team had three members elected to posts at the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association.

Related Topics: cutting costs, efficiency, Oregon

Nicole Schlosser Executive Editor
Comments ( 4 )
  • steve carlson

     | about 6 years ago

    I dont know how many times I see a bike try to pass a vehicle that is clearly turning and has the right away ( meaning the driver was at the intersection first) or how many times the cycle team goes down the road taking up both lanes. There is no need for bikes to ride the white line when there is ample shoulder but I pass one EVERY day. I ride too, but I stay in a safe place, and clearly signal my intentions. I dont run stop signs, and I dont ride up the curb next to a stopped car to see if I can get through the intersection before him. A bicycle is not an "I have the right of way" card.

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